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Maker:
Louis Maqhubela, born 1939, South Africa  Search this
Medium:
Gouache on paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 74.5 x 56 cm (29 5/16 x 22 1/16 in.)
Type:
Painting
Geography:
South Africa
Date:
1997
Label Text:
This painting celebrates the music of the 1960s from the South African townships. "Tyilo-Tyilo" is also the title of a song that Miriam Makeba recorded in the Xhosa language and means songbird or nightingale. The lyrics describe herders listening to a nightingale. The dark square at the center of the painting suggests a night sky filled with brilliant stars; the sky changes and lightens to become a sunlit day.
Description:
Goache on paper, vertically oriented. Dark lozenge surrounded by blue roughly triangular form, yellow and orange circle at top
Exhibition History:
Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue - From the Collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Camille O. and William H. Cosby, Jr., National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, November 7, 2014-January 24, 2016
Claiming Art / Reclaiming Space: Post Apartheid Art from South Africa, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 21-September 26, 1999
Published References:
Kreamer, Christine Mullen and Adrienne L. Childs (eds). 2014. Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue from the Collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Camille O. and William H. Cosby, Jr. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, pp. 226, 242, no. 106, pl. 136.
Vison√°, Monica Blackmun, Robin Poyner and Herbert M. Cole. 2008. A History of Art in Africa. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, p. 495, no. 14-53.
Topic:
musical instrument  Search this
Credit Line:
Museum purchase
Object number:
98-19-2
Restrictions & Rights:
© 1997 Louis Maqhubela
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National Museum of African Art Collection
Data Source:
National Museum of African Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmafa_98-19-2